Galerie LeRoyer


60 Saint-Paul W.

Quebec H2Y1Y8 Montreal

Canada

Phone : 514-287-1351

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URL : www.galerieleroyer.com

Galbraith Sharon   ()

Brian Brisson   (Founder)

Alexandra Conners   (Director)

About

Established in old Montreal in 1995, Galerie LeRoyer has made its home in a historical Neo-Gothic building dating from 1887 and designed by architect John James Browne (1837-1893), which served as a textile and dry goods warehouse store for Greenshields, Hodgson, Racine Limited until the late 1960s. Brian Brisson, the gallery’s founder, has conserved the interior’s period charm, with its cabinets of curiosities, mouldings, bas-reliefs and high ceilings. This space allows him to stage his vision and exhibit the works of emerging Canadian and international artists chosen for the power of their singularity.

"Tayir", 2018 -   Mateo

Mateo "Tayir", 2018
Spray paint on traditional carpet
79" x 39"

"Hybrid Souls #13", 2018 -  Ali Alışır

Ali Alışır "Hybrid Souls #13", 2018
Unique archival pigment print
53" x 106"

"Hybrid Souls #12", 2018 -  Ali Alışır

Ali Alışır "Hybrid Souls #12", 2018
Unique archival pigment print
53" x 100"

"Hybrid Souls #11", 2018 -  Ali Alışır

Ali Alışır "Hybrid Souls #11", 2018
Unique archival pigment print
53" x 53" round

"Crown UB", 2016 - Anke Eilergerhard

Anke Eilergerhard "Crown UB", 2016
Pigmented silicone
14" x 14" x 13"

"Jacky O", 2016 - Anke Eilergerhard

Anke Eilergerhard "Jacky O", 2016
Pigmented silicone
39" x 24" x 24"

"Tamara", 2016 - Anke Eilergerhard

Anke Eilergerhard "Tamara", 2016
Pigmented silicone
39" x 24" 24"

"Mindstream 25", 2018 - James Verbicky

James Verbicky "Mindstream 25", 2018
Mixed media and resin on wood
60" x 2" round

"Citta Samtana Diptych 219", 2018 - James Verbicky

James Verbicky "Citta Samtana Diptych 219", 2018
Mixed media and resin on wood
60" x 80" x 2"

"Pizza Turtles", 2018 - Rock Therrien

Rock Therrien "Pizza Turtles", 2018
Mixed media and neon on wood
30" x 30"

"Geisha (Geesha) Girl 2-Lips", 2018 - Martin Rondeau

Martin Rondeau "Geisha (Geesha) Girl 2-Lips", 2018
Woven photography
39" x 55"

"Geisha (Gee-Sha) Girl 1", 2018 - Martin Rondeau

Martin Rondeau "Geisha (Gee-Sha) Girl 1", 2018
Woven photography
55" x 39"

"Oops!!", 2018 - Rock Therrien

Rock Therrien "Oops!!", 2018
Mixed media and neon on wood
48" x 48"

"Have a Nice Day", 2018 - Rock Therrien

Rock Therrien "Have a Nice Day", 2018
Mixed media and neon on wood
60" x 60"

"(Un)censored", 2018 - Rock Therrien

Rock Therrien "(Un)censored", 2018
Mixed media and neon on wood
60" x 60"

"Isabella VII", 2018 -  Roberta Coni

Roberta Coni "Isabella VII", 2018
Oil and acrylic on canvas
55" x 79"

"Diletta XXVIII", 2018 -  Roberta Coni

Roberta Coni "Diletta XXVIII", 2018
Oli and acrylic on canvas
79" x 55"

"Isa with Red Turban", 2018 -  Roberta Coni

Roberta Coni "Isa with Red Turban", 2018
Oil and acrylic on canvas
55" x 39"

"Naga Biru", 2018 -   Mateo

Mateo "Naga Biru", 2018
Spray paint on traditional carpet
88.5" x 59"

"Aylar", 2018 -   Mateo

Mateo "Aylar", 2018
Spray pain on traditional persian carpet
79" x 39"

Kimiya -   Mateo

Mateo Kimiya
Spray paint on traditional persian carpet
79" x 39", 2018

"Mathilde with Primavera" II -  Roberta Coni

Roberta Coni "Mathilde with Primavera" II
Oil and acrylic on canvas
47" x 47"

"Rose", 2018 - Martin Rondeau

Martin Rondeau "Rose", 2018
Woven photography
37" x 55"

"Anna", 2018 - Martin Rondeau

Martin Rondeau "Anna", 2018
Woven photography
37" x 55"

Exhibiting Artists

Other Represented Artists

  • Ole Aakjaer  (+)

    Biography : Ole Aakjær is a Danish artist born in 1962 who has been drawing and painting since he was able to hold a brush in his hands. Originally, his dream was to create cartoons, looking up to artists such as Milo Manara, Enki Bilal and Jean Giraud (aka Moebius). In the mid-1980s, he successfully published an album at Carlsen, Denmark's main comic book publisher at the time. Since 1992, he runs his own illustration studio. Ole Aakjær has won numerous awards and competitions and has gained notoriety as a man of ideas, poster artist and painter. His last 24 exhibitions have all been a success, with every single piece sold.

    Detailed Description : The works of Ole Aakjær are primarily executed using watercolour and ink on paper, often in very large formats. He previously experimented with acrylic painting, but it’s with the vibrant colours of watercolour that his talent is best expressed. Ink and watercolour require great mastery because there is no room for error or corrections, the desired result must be achieved on the first application. But that is also where the poetry of watercolour rests, within its luminosity and its strength in colours and contrasts. Ole Aakjær affixes his hues and combines them with an apparent ease, and his works appear with a force and presence full of passion and power, leaving the spectators in admiration.

  • Ali Alışır  (+)

    Biography : Born in Istanbul in 1978, Ali Alışır started his graphic education in 1996 upon being awarded a success scholarship by the Faculty of Fine Arts of Yeditepe University. He studied his master degree in photography at Florence Accademia Italiana. He concentrated in digital editing during his master degree education. Through his exhibitions of "Virtual Bodies", "Virtual Places", "Virtual Wars" and "Virtual Landscapes" held between 2009-2015, Ali Alışır has exhibited the desperation and helplessness, experienced by the individuals under the image bombardment, as well as the virtual and artificial worlds, created against such bombardment.

    Detailed Description : In his exhibitions of "Cosmos" and "Hybrid Souls" held after 2016, Ali Alışır pays attention to the stress experienced by humans, who try to stand in balance despite of the complexity of the modern life and the corrosiveness of the time spent rapidly, in their inner world. The artist, who aims to emphasize the conflicts and mental state of the human in their inner world by means of body movements, examines the social problems in different disciplines such as philosophy, sociology, literature and cinema through the works he has produced by means of digital interventions, and he brings up such problems to the agenda, and also, he warns about an alternative “Space” with new image editing he has produced.

    Artist's Objects:

    •  Ali Alışır - "Hybrid Souls #11", 2018 "Hybrid Souls #11", 2018
    •  Ali Alışır - "Hybrid Souls #12", 2018 "Hybrid Souls #12", 2018
    •  Ali Alışır - "Hybrid Souls #13", 2018 "Hybrid Souls #13", 2018

  • Yoakim Bélanger  (+)

    Biography : Born in 1977, Yoakim Bélanger is a multimedia artist who lives and works in Montreal. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada. In 2016, he exhibited in London to a great critical and popular success. He has also participated in several international fairs worldwide, including Miami, New York, Hamburg and Toronto. His artwork can be found in many private and public collections throughout Europe, the United States and Canada. He also holds a degree in graphic design and has directed two short films (If I can Fly and Ces femmes qui marchent) that have been acclaimed by critics in international film festivals. He is represented by galleries in Canada and in the UK.

    Detailed Description : oakim Bélanger's art focuses on the human form. He is fascinated by movements, expressions, plasticity and their universality. Across various media (painting, drawing, photography and video) Yoakim Bélanger sublimates the physical appearance of humanity and celebrates its strength, passion and grace. In his paintings, through a work of removal, sanding and alterations on metal plates, Yoakim Bélanger reaches a vibrant and textured brushwork that merges the abstract and the figurative, order and chaos, shade and light. With this work, the artist achieves his ultimate goal of portraying both body and soul. Yoakim Bélanger works with oxidized steel and aluminum, raw materials that have not yet been affected by human contact but that hold the traces of passing time. These traces consist of varying textures and patterns, which to any other individual would appear arbitrary and meaningless. But, to the artist, these traces hold the primitive blueprint of his work. With his brush, he begins to bring forth an image so entwined with the medium on which it is painted that one could not exist without the other. The result is a juxtaposition of the intangible human spirit with the solidity of the metal.

  • James Burke  (+)

    Detailed Description : James Burke is an award-winning visual artist, creative director and entrepreneur from London, England. He is the founder of Acrylicize, a multidisciplinary creative studio working with a variety of mediums in order to create works that explores themes of identity and their relationship with the commercial world. While studying visual arts at the Manchester Metropolitan University, James Burke was interested in the accessibility of art. As part of his final dissertation project, he produced a body of works exploring the perception of contemporary and conceptual art, incorporating many figures of popular culture into the work of this series. He aspires to develop an art that can be appreciated by everyone and not only by a minority of amateurs. Focusing on the Pop Art tradition, James Burke seeks to destabilize the hermetic and elitist nature of art by using popular figures. By presenting known patterns and figures, James Burke aims not only to make his work accessible and relevant, but also to deconstruct preconceived ideas and prejudices related to art. James Burke's philosophy has always been to challenge the artwork’s dependency on the gallery institution. He does so by focusing on accessibility and the desire to positively connect people with their environment. His work draws on themes associated with commodity, fusing a wide range of disciplines from fine art, graphic design, interior design and architecture.

  • Barbara Cole  (+)

    Biography : Barbara Cole is a self-taught artist from Toronto known for her romantic, fragile and delicate underwater photographs. Long drawn to reflections and motives when she practiced swimming herself, Barbara Cole discovered photography at the age of 19 when she was the editor of the fashion pages of the Toronto Sun. This universe strongly influences the photographic production of the artist. From her time in the world of fashion, Barbara Cole retains a strong taste for the human figure and a draconian methodology to conceptualize and orchestrate her compositions. Throughout her career, Barbara Cole has worked internationally on commercial projects and has created several large-scale commissions, including installations for the atrium at the M. Lau Breast Cancer Centre in Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital and for the Trump Hollywood in Hollywood Beach, Florida. Her series Underworld was exhibited at the Canadian Embassies in Tokyo and Washington, D.C. Barbara Cole has won prestigious awards such the Grand Prize at the Festival International de la Photographie de Mode in Cannes, and third prize at the International Photography Awards in New York. In 2012, the acclaimed documentary series Snapshot: The Art of Photography II featured an episode devoted exclusively to Barbara Cole’s photographic practice. Barbara Cole lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

    Detailed Description : Focusing on the distortion and effects of immersing the human body in water, Barbara Cole's photographic production offers refracted and deformed images; a reflection of an atmosphere that, like the Impressionists, captures the fleetingness of a moment by investing in luminous tones. Perceptual games are also a fundamental theme in Barbara Cole's work. Progressing slowly towards the almost total dissolution of the figure, the artist creates a dramatic tension between figure and form, testing the nature of photography and its impact on our experience of reality. Over the past decade, her practice has explored the aquatic environment, and water has become a natural lens that refocuses and reinterprets her pictorial aesthetic. This element allows her to move the human figure unconventionally, while photography gives her the opportunity to play with the notions of time and place. Working in basins of water, Barbara Cole created for herself an ideal space to explore the duality between figuration and abstraction. If photography is fundamentally an art of light, underwater photography is all the more so. Barbara Cole uses a slow shutter speed and a flash button to create the diffuse and ethereal effects represented in her practice. The texture of the surface of the water, enhanced by the light of the sky and reflected clouds, is thus captured with the movement of the body of the model. Thanks to many years of experimenting with film and polaroids, Barbara Cole is now an ardent advocate of unretouched photographs. Although she now uses digital cameras, she works with as little retouching as possible.

  • Roberta Coni  (+)

    Biography : Roberta Coni was born in Marino (Rome) in 1976. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome in 1999. She pursued her studies abroad with two grants in Spain and the United States. Roberta Coni has received numerous awards abroad, notably in England, Turkey and China.

    Detailed Description : Primarily interested in the human figure, she mixes the classical technique of oil painting with heavy body paste made of bitumen, melted wax and glue. Since 2009, her artistic research has been geared toward large-scale paintings, in which the face often emerges from the shadows, proposing an interpretation of the contemplative soul in continuous introspection. Her work is characterized by it’s strong realism while combining rougher materials. Female figures with poignant expressions, faces in the foreground, where, with detailed attention, almost lenticular, the brush focuses on the skin and eyes, putting forward the secret pulse of the pictorial surface. The faces are often violated by time flowing relentlessly on the skin, deforming and shaping it over the years, to lay bare the soul. She has created a compendium of contemporary work as she integrates video art to the visual language of her paintings.

    Artist's Objects:

    •  Roberta Coni - "Mathilde with Primavera" II "Mathilde with Primavera" II
    •  Roberta Coni - "Isa with Red Turban", 2018 "Isa with Red Turban", 2018
    •  Roberta Coni - "Diletta XXVIII", 2018 "Diletta XXVIII", 2018
    •  Roberta Coni - "Isabella VII", 2018 "Isabella VII", 2018

  • Tim Conlon  (+)

    Biography : Tim Conlon is an artist living and working between Washington and Los Angeles. He grew up just south of D.C., and is best known for his large-scale murals, graffiti art, sculpture and works on canvas. He was one of two aerosol artists featured in the 2008 Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery exhibition, RECOGNIZE! Hip-Hop and Contemporary Portraiture. In 2011, he was featured and curated the G-scale train exhibit in the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as the Art in The Streets survey on graffiti and street art. Tim Conlon has recently exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., along with shows and projects in New York, Miami, San Francisco, Paris, Bordeaux and Berlin.

    Detailed Description : Painter, muralist, sculptor and graffiti artist, Tim Conlon is known for his paintings on canvas, his murals and large-scale sculptures. His photorealistic work often depicts freight trains covered with graffiti. The frame of his work lies in the themes of street art. As a young man, he was fascinated by abandoned buildings, signed graffiti on the walls of Baltimore's underprivileged neighborhoods, and railway warehouses storing freight trains. Baltimore, one of the largest port cities on the east coast of the United States, is a nerve center for commercial transit, where cargoes arriving on large ships are transferred on freight trains to reach other major cities. The wagons serve as itinerant art galleries for graffiti lovers. Attracted by the logos, typography and colors found on these old and new convoys, Tim Colon quickly moves from observation to practice.

  • Anke Eilergerhard  (+)

    Biography : Born in Wuppertal, Germany, Anke Eilegerhard creates beguilingly hypnotic sculptures that stimulate not only the sight, but also our senses of touch, taste, and smell. A painter by training, Anke Eilergerhard began creating sculptures in silicone in 2004. Her applied interest in the tactile properties of materials has been at the forefront of her practice since early in her career, when she showed her paintings, which featured floral excrescences that extended outside the limits of the framing, in textured frames.

    Detailed Description : Anke Eilergerhard’s artwork are created with silicone and a piping bag, a tool conventionally used to decorate pastries. Drawing with pastry decorating techniques as a source of motif, her works burrow from traditions of Pop Art by placing formal beauty and everyday objects on equal playing field. The exactitude and preponderance of repetitive motifs reflects the artist’s particular fascination with sensorial pleasures. The meticulous accumulation of these silicone “whirlpools of whipped cream” give Anke Eilergerhard’s sculptures a structured and controlled appearance. The superimposition of layers, and in some cases objects, gives a monumental, almost totemic character to the sculptures. With their textured surfaces, Anke Eilergerhard’s sculptures stimulate our senses; all at once, taste, smell and touch, rendering the task of resisting the desire to touch the sculptures almost impossible. Sense and sensuality are at the root of these complex constructions, they have a bewilderingly haptic quality. Despite their static nature, her series Crown almost appear to quiver; a subtle sexual quality seems to be emitted. The phallic prominences at the centre of these crowns evoke movement: an unfurling or embedding within the depths of the structure, depending on the work.

    Artist's Objects:

    • Anke Eilergerhard - "Tamara", 2016 "Tamara", 2016
    • Anke Eilergerhard - "Jacky O", 2016 "Jacky O", 2016
    • Anke Eilergerhard - "Crown UB", 2016 "Crown UB", 2016

  • Fidia Falaschetti  (+)

    Biography : Born in 1977 in Loreto, Italy, FIDIA’s journey into art began in his early childhood, raised in a hugely inspiring and creative family. At the age of 16, FIDIA was hired to produce wall paintings and illustrations for multiple stores and established companies. He grew up inspired by different subcultures, and then refined his creative skills being influenced by street art and the hip-hop world. He studied “production design” at the Academy of Fine Arts, between Macarata and Florence in Italy, where he graduated in 2002 having already embarked on his professional career as a graphic designer, illustrator and photographer since 1995.

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  • Dominique Fortin  (+)

    Biography : Born in 1974 in Montreal, Dominique Fortin has a background in visual arts and jewelry. She exhibits her work internationally in solo and group exhibitions, and in the largest commercial fairs. Her work can be found in many private collections throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

    Detailed Description : Dominique Fortin's work can be characterized as an unwavering exploration of human nature. Initially drawing from a modernist tradition, her work has evolved into a unique style that is dream-like, full of fantasy and romanticism, childlike innocence and raw emotions. Dominique Fortin suggests that her works, at one point, were a representation of reality, but as her artistic style has progressed, she finds herself captured within this ethereal world where the characters are not actors on a stage but rather the catalysts of unsolicited emotions.

  • Karim Ghidinelli  (+)

    Detailed Description : Karim Ghidinelli was born in Brescia, in northern Italy. He moved a lot during his childhood, notably to Africa. His work is based on the idea of passage, journey and travel. Identity is a natural part of the evolutionary process of the passage, and Karim Ghidinelli's distinctive imagery documents the passage of others while simultaneously assuring his own journey. His technique is a myriad of different mediums such as print, portrait, metal and oil, which are collaged into rich layers. His artwork is a reflection of our contemporary daily life where the politics of identity exist at the forefront.

  • Marco Grassi  (+)

    Biography : Born in Milan in 1966, Marco Grassi studied architecture at the Liceo Artistico B. Luini. His works are found in numerous private and public collections in Europe, the United States, and Canada. He lives and works in Mariano Comense, Italy.

    Detailed Description : The human form is at the center of Marco Grassi’s artistic practice. Renown for his seductive depictions of women, Marco Grassi’s models are at once delicate and determined. His portraits, suffused with vibrant colours, carry a complex sensibility. Devoting himself to portraiture, Marco Grassi succeeds in challenging the typical standards of this genre through abstract colourplay and directional composition. The artist forgoes preparatory sketches, choosing to apply his pigments directly on the canvas with a palette knife. In doing so, Marco Grassi allows the medium to define itself, honouring its texture and character. In his recent works, backgrounds tend to gradually integrate themselves with the subject, softly blending the frenetic edges created by the palette knife. Marco Grassi’s style is defined by his layered work, each strata of colour holding a unique energy and significance. The onlooker is invited to penetrate these layers to discover the emotional complexity of the artist’s subjects. His female nudes are provocative and inviting, distinguishing themselves from traditional figure studies.

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  • Stev'nn Hall  (+)

    Biography : Stev’nn Hall grew up in rural Ontario juggling with a 35mm camera in one hand and a paintbrush in the other. He studied film, painting and photography at Concordia University in Montreal and continues to draw influences from these disciplines. After working as the director of a non-profit film co-op, as well as a director of indie music videos and as an international award-winning television promo producer, Stev’nn Hall returns to his roots with Skylight, a photography and mixed media landscape series.

    Detailed Description : Exploring and blurring the boundaries between painting and photography, the artist takes us on a back-seat tour recalling his past, romanced by his creative imagination. The transformation of the image is an operation of coloring, scraping and embellishing it with brush strokes and raw color, creating a new world that seems to be forming before our eyes. The images and the magic within them are both ravaging and ravaged. The series was conceived during Stev’nn Hall's frequent travels to his hometown to take care of his parents sick with cancer, and to finally to bury them; this episode marks his work with an emblematic sorrow. The light falling on this bruised land is beautiful but also sweet and sour. Life, love and mourning are intertwined here. Lyrical poets and visual artists of the romantic period of the nineteenth century have an attraction for clouds. The circus, the stratus and the cumulus imposed themselves in the paintings of John Constable, Turner and raised the psychological drama of the isolated figures of Caspar David Friedrich. Like Stev’nn Hall, romantics contemplate nature and its potential for The Sublime, and time permeating a landscape is an emotional experience. The awesome beauty of the world can act like a catharsis, and Stev’nn Hall's work is like epic postcards of a pilgrimage in our consciousness, with the potential of an epiphany. In each, there is an opportunity for a deeper experience. In the active imagination of the artist, a skylight becomes a door to personal liberation. No matter what life brings us, Stev’nn Hall believes that we are free to change over and over again. Just like a cloud.

  • Martin C. Herbst  (+)

    Biography : Originally from Vienna in Austria, Martin C. Herbst has been exhibited extensively throughout the world, most recently in San Jose, Beirut, Toronto, New York, Barcelona and Montreal. His work has been featured in numerous trade shows, including Art Basel (Miami), Armory Show (New York), Scope (New York, Basel, Hamptons, London), Art Chicago, Los Angeles Art Show, Artbo (Bogota), Art Brussels (Brussels), ArteBa (Buenos Aires) and several others.

    Detailed Description : Martin C. Herbst is an Austrian painter whose work focuses on the re-evaluation of historical themes, classical portrait theories, and the human figure. His wish is to reinterpret the traditional paintings of the great portraitists in the history of art, such as Parmigianino, Velasquez, and Rembrandt, in a modern and thoughtful perspective. Martin C. Herbst realizes sensitive interpretations of different models, depending on his own state of mind at the time he paints. Having acquired the habit of producing several versions of the same portrait, we can perceive the evolution of the emotional state of the artist through the representation of the same figure. There is, of course, a certain notion of homage found in the works of Martin C. Herbst, since by taking up these known figures he proclaims highly the value of the manner and touch of the artists he cites.

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  • Zhuang Hong Yi  (+)

    Biography : Zhuang Hong Yi was born in China in 1962. He studied at the SiChuan College of Fine Arts in ChongQing in China and perfected his technique at the Minerva Academy in Groningen in the Netherlands. The flower motif dominates Zhuang Hong Yi’s work – a significant image in Chinese culture which carries countless meanings and emotions yet with equally strong associations with the Netherlands, world famous for its flowers – and he works patiently and religiously on this subject year-after-year, intricately crafting his works with care and forethought. Zhuang Hong Yi’s well-known and highly collectable Flowerbeds are crafted from delicate pieces of painted rice paper, which he has bent and folded into hundreds of tiny buds, creating seductive and tactile works.

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  • Mark Khaisman  (+)

    Biography : Mark Khaisman holds a master's degree in art and architecture from the Moscow Institute of Architecture. He worked for several decades in architecture, animation, and stained glass design. His light boxes and installations have been exhibited in various institutions in Europe and the United States, including Queen's Art Museum in New York, the Visual Art Center of New Jersey, the Woodmere Art Museum of Philadelphia, the Vitra Design Museum, the Weil am Rhein in Germany, the Brigham Young University Museum of Art in Provo, Utah, and several others. His work can be found in several museum collections, including the Delaware Art Museum, as well as in numerous private and corporate collections, including the Brandywine Trust Collection, the British Airline Collection and the NBC Collection. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Mark Khaisman now lives and works in Philadelphia.

    Detailed Description : Making use of two unusual and daily basic ingredients, sticky tape and plexiglas, Mark Khaisman creates works where technique plays a large part. By superimposing layers of tape he creates a stratification, which produces pictorial illusions highlighted by color, shading and embossment. This result is achieved by way of transparencies and opaqueness, by working on translucent surface placed over a light source. The complete dependency on artificial light source can be seen as pure function, at the same time may bring notions of visible and invisible, existence and non-existence. Once the implausible nature of his work is accepted, one can begin to think about the kind of images chosen to be portrayed, which are categorized into different groups: fragmented stills from classic cinema, iconic objects from art history and from pop culture. The works are exploring the familiarity of our shared visual history; made of a well-known materials formed into a popular image. Mark Khaisman builds an image that is as fragile as its materials, asking the viewer to recognize and complete the work, stimulating both memory and interpretation in the process.

  • Maya Kulenovic

    Biography : Born in 1975, Maya Kulenovic is a Canadian artist born in Yugoslavia. She studied art worldwide at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, England, at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and at the Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul. She is also an alumna of the Goodenough College in London, England. Since the 2000s,, Maya has been exhibiting extensively in Europe, primarily in the Netherlands. There she quickly became known for the emotional force of her work, as well as her compelling and evolving technique. A book on her work, with introduction by Edward Lucie-Smith, was published by d'Jonge Hond in 2008. She has exhibited in over twenty solo exhibitions and over forty group shows Canada-wide, in the United States, the Netherlands, the UK, Ireland, Japan, South Korea and Turkey. Her paintings are found in numerous collections around the world.

  • Alessandro Ljubicic  (+)

    Biography : Born in Jajce, in Central Bosnia and Herzegovina, Alesandro Ljubicic studied at the National School of Art in Sydney, where he has lived since 1993.

    Detailed Description : Flowers burst out from Alesandro Ljubicic’s large, textured canvases. Sweeps and daubs of vivid colour convey his intense response to the beauty of nature. Ljubicic’s less resolved colour studies share the same emotional charge. These smaller panels, created at the same time as the larger flower works, further explore the effects of layering paint. Whorls and waves of different colours resist blending together, competing to be the most vibrant. The trace of Ljubicic’s brush and palette knife is clearly visible; dragging and scooping thick layers of oil paint to create sculptural surfaces.

  • Javier Martin

  • Mateo  (+)

    Detailed Description : Mateo's practice is influenced by a decade-long globe-trot, leaving his mark by painting murals along his path. His desire to combine his street and studio work, as well as to embrace the diverse cultures and symbols he amassed during his travels emerged as his iconic painted traditional carpets. Redefining the tradition behind the object itself, Mateo's carpets are rearranged from their conventional disposition by being hung and represent ornamented faces of women, who are historically linked to the weaving of carpets. Adorned with ancient motifs as well as tribal and spiritual metaphors, the towering carpets are painted by the artist with striking feminine features. This series of artworks forces us to question our cultural identity and universal consciousness in a relentless system that pushes for uniformity and homogeneity in contemporary mass culture.

    Artist's Objects:

    •   Mateo - Kimiya Kimiya
    •   Mateo - "Aylar", 2018 "Aylar", 2018
    •   Mateo - "Naga Biru", 2018 "Naga Biru", 2018
    •   Mateo - "Tayir", 2018 "Tayir", 2018

  • Kai McCall  (+)

    Biography : Originally from Montreal, Kai McCall holds a BFA in fine arts from the University of Ottawa. His work is collected around the world, and he has been exhibited in Canada, the United States and Europe. He is the recipient of several Awards of Excellence from the canadian Council for the Arts and is still working in Montreal.

    Detailed Description : Kai McCall’s paintings represent contemporary figures inspired by art history, as well as literature, illustration and film, which are found in the narrative of his work. While being located in the present, the works challenge the past by borrowing the tones and colors of the great portraits of the 18th century. Like in a fictional work, the figures in Kai McCall's paintings face challenges and conflicts as they navigate the frames created for them. He considers them semi-autonomous individuals whose poses evolve as they are painted, and which are defined by the possible actions that they endorse in a composition.

  • Yann Normand  (+)

    Biography : Born in Quebec in 1974, Yann Normand began his career in drawing and painting. His personal experiences lead to the artistic exploration and technical development of his work. Heavily influenced by industrial materials and the desire for sculptural exploration, Yann Normand began using steel, welding the medium to create intricate and complex pieces which were the perfect harmony between materiality and his visual dialogue. He has been sculpting for over 12 years with each new body of work exposing more energy and dynamism through the use of steel.

    Detailed Description : The intricate welding of hundreds of pieces of steel turns fragments into forms emerging straight from Normand's imagination and his skilled metalworking. It is through this process that energy and movement become palpable in his works. Each piece demands to be scrutinized by the viewers, in close proximity, to appreciate the meticulous and stunning work that Yann Normand creates. Yann Normand is humbly inspired by the balance between natural forces, silence, spiritual ideals and industrial elements. Normand strives to produce work that is honest, authentic and scalable, as each impressive sculpture represents a great deal of effort, and heart. Yann Normand's work exposes the love and passion he has for sculpting and each piece is a testament to the scrupulous care and devotion he puts into the entire creative process.

  • Lyle Owerko  (+)

    Biography : Lyle Owerko was raised in Calgary, Canada. He studied at The Pratt Institute in New York where he earned a master's degree in communication design and currently resides in San Francisco. His photographs are found throughout the world in the permanent collections of the most prestigious institutions, including those of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.. Lyle Owerko is also the recipient of the Master Hasselblad Award in 2008.

    Detailed Description : A renowned New York City-based photographer, filmmaker and self-professed “pop-culture junkie,” Lyle Owerko’s editorial and fine art projects regularly take the globe-trotting artist to Africa, Japan, Europe and South America. Known for his perception and knowledge of urban movement, his instinctually crafter visual images have found an indelible place in the lexicon of pop culture and journalism. His current projects seek to bridge ethnic borders in a manner that documents cultural groups for the betterment of the human condition.

  • Stikki Peaches  (+)

    Detailed Description : Stikki Peaches sees art as an escape, an outlet that allows him to move away from what hinders his growth as an artist and as a human. His tagline “What if Art Ruled the World?” fits this context. This question echoes the artist’s stance, suggesting that conflicts and disasters affecting our society would have no basis if the world were governed by art. Through his works, Stikki Peaches invites the onlooker to contemplate the effect and importance of art. His practice aims ultimately to democratize it: by taking his practice to the streets and incorporating pop culture references, Stikki Peaches distances himself from elitism and abstruseness often associated with the contemporary art world. Striking, colourful, and iconic, his pieces are well-suited to digital culture, which values bold visual content.

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  • Andre Petterson  (+)

    Biography : Born in Holland, André Petterson immigrated to Canada at the age of three. He now lives and works in Vancouver. His works have been exhibited in both private and public galleries in Canada and the United States. He is the recipient of The National Film Board of Canada Award, and has work featured in numerous private and public collections.

    Detailed Description : Andre Petterson is a multimedia artist who strives to capture the essence of a split-second in time. His current photography-based work explores various themes of lighting to create elements of mystery. Rembrandt and the Dutch masters’ use of light have strongly influenced Petterson; important elements are highlighted and the mind must fill in the rest. Fabric and movement are also subjects of fascination for the artist. He believes that the integration of movement and fabric are similar to brushstrokes. The chance and artistic freedom involved in motions of dance and similar movements are also reflected in his mixed media work.

  • Marc Quinn  (+)

    Biography : Marc Quinn was born in London in 1964. He studied art history at Cambridge University in the 1980s while working as Barry Flanagan’s assistant. He was part of the "Young British Artist" group, amongst Damian Hirst.

    Detailed Description : n Marc Quinn’s world, life competes with artificial plastic. Playing on the traditions of our visual education, Marc Quinn underlines the delta between myth and reality. His work often draws together philosophy and existential thought. Marc Quinn believes this is the conflict between the natural and the cultural life within our body, two leitmotivs of our day and age. These are explored through mortality, beauty, the crystallization of a moment in time and space, through the interplay of art and science. The artist is fascinated with questions regarding genetic mutation and hybridism. Marc Quinn’s work ranges across a variety of media – from sculpture to painting, drawing and photography exploring various means of expression, from blood to gold.

  • Roger Reutimann  (+)

    Detailed Description : Swiss-American sculptor Roger Reutimann is working with contemporary materials like cast stainless steel and fiberglass to transform the inexhaustible subject of the human figure into present-day original and innovative works of art. His semi-abstract sculptures are boldly colored and meticulously finished with high gloss automotive paints. Reutimann is interested in the purity of shapes, in simple geometric lines that are suggesting of the human form. Influenced by artists like Moore, Brancusi and Arp he also finds inspiration in industrial and automotive design. Reutimann strongly believes in perfection. His disciplined upbringing, life-long piano practice and former careers in the fields of international art fairs and product design give the self- taught artist a unique perspective on art. “I am not trying to solve the mystery of the human figure, but to deepen it”.

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  • Jérôme Rochette  (+)

    Biography : Born in 1978, Jérôme Rochette is an artist from Quebec City who lives and creates in the St-Roch district. His influences range from biology to tattooing, without forgetting street art. He paints mainly on canvas using acrylic, spray paint, gesso, charcoal and markers. His work is symbolic, narrative and iconographic.

    Detailed Description : The paintings of Jérôme Rochette aim to spark a dialogue between the portrayal of a given object and the artistic universe that it inhabits. Jérôme Rochette’s artwork exists in this intrinsic, subjective duality of the medium: the artist strives to translate reality with his materials, while inserting his own perspective into the piece. Jérôme Rochette has developed a unique artistic language by using multiple layers, styles and techniques, allowing his work to take on a distinct and dynamic tactility. His paintings are grounded in a powerful aesthetic through his use of formal elements like colour, texture and layering. With Jérôme Rochette’s powerful, pure and spontaneous vision at the forefront, the individual fragments of each piece are transmuted into a symbolic whole. The subjects depicted in his artwork conjure a familiar, concrete reality, and the imagery within evokes very powerful concepts, despite not always being tied to a specific theme. It is left up to the mind and the analysis of the observer to link the artist’s interpretation with the material form of the artwork. The work of Jérôme Rochette represents a tension between the spontaneity—and the necessary tangibility—of the media used and the uncertainty created by the conceptualization of the subject.

  • Martin Rondeau  (+)

    Biography : Martin Rondeau was born in 1970 in Joliette, Quebec, and currently lives and works in Montreal. From an early age, Martin Rondeau became fascinated with the world of photography. Recognized for his unique vision and creativity, he trained with a number of great photographers who provided him with the opportunity to travel the world and find his vocation.

    Detailed Description : It was in 2006 that Martin Rondeau, then a highly-praised fashion photographer, decided to take his relationship with photography a step further. Endeavouring to take a different approach to understand what an image is, and by extension, what is photography, Martin Rondeau set off to test the limits of the medium. Since then, he has turned his relentless aesthetic eye into a creative force. With extreme precision, Martin Rondeau began to lacerate, weave, and sculpt his photographs. By deconstructing his work, and playing with the visibility of the image, he aims to reveal the intrinsic beauty in the widespread iconography of women. By using a bold and contemporary technique, Martin Rondeau selects and re-appropriates the image by weaving photographic details from daily perception. In constant search of beauty, he uses his intuitive creativity to combine materials, colours, and volumes, incorporating strength and fragility, solidity and lightness, seduction and sensuality, as to infuse his composite images with a new meaning

    Artist's Objects:

    • Martin Rondeau - "Anna", 2018 "Anna", 2018
    • Martin Rondeau - "Rose", 2018 "Rose", 2018
    • Martin Rondeau - "Geisha (Gee-Sha) Girl 1", 2018 "Geisha (Gee-Sha) Girl 1", 2018
    • Martin Rondeau - "Geisha (Geesha) Girl 2-Lips", 2018 "Geisha (Geesha) Girl 2-Lips", 2018

  • Marie-Josée Roy  (+)

    Biography : Born and working in Trois Rivières, Québec, Marie-Joseé Roy has established herself as successful artist on the Canadian scene after first gaining popularity within Montreal’s underground art scene. Marie-Josée Roy works as both a painter and sculptor employing metal as her primary material. She has focused her artistic approach on breathing life into this otherwise inert medium. Marie-Josée Roy received her Bachelors of fine arts at the University of Québec in Trois-Rivières in 1992. She is actively exposing in Canada, New York, Boston and Miami

    Detailed Description : In her latest body of work, the artist explores transitions and transformations, where unlikely unions are formed. Continuing her long-lasting dialogue with metal, the acclaimed Marie-Josée Roy plays on the strength of her chosen medium, using its permanence to depict the transitory nature of existence. Seemingly as light as a feather, her works illustrate life as movement, in the process, sculpting the genesis of mankind. This newest series employs techniques ranging from image transfer, painting, etching, plating, welding, and engraving. Within their grey chrysalis, the artist masterfully depicts their struggle to emerge from being bound by metal, leaving behind their protective cocoons. Marie-Josée Roy’s figures metamorphosize into magnificent metallic human-butterflies.

  • Tava  (+)

    Detailed Description : Antoine Tavaglione (aka TAVA) is a Montreal-based painter, muralist and illustrator. Not one to shy away from the spotlight, he has made waves with his controversial mix of Pop Art, political banter and high fashion. TAVA takes an omnivorous approach to both low and high culture, interacting with its symbols and cult figures through his tongue-in-cheek style and signature ‘dripping’ visual effect. Navigating between the artistic and commercial worlds, he places himself in the posterity of artists who have recognized and incorporated mercantile principles into their artistic practices. TAVA first became known for his trademark illustration the "Screaming Heart". Charged with multiple meanings, his screaming heart not only refers to heartache, but also to the emotions that are suppressed, digested and repressed. Through the staging of this figures, TAVA aims to exteriorize these paralyzing emotions by juxtaposing them with the many humorous and political references that characterize his work.

  • Rock Therrien  (+)

    Detailed Description : Rock Therrien finds inspiration in the world around him, past and present; his subjects are taken from contemporary culture and are often cartoons from his childhood. Adorned with a colored neon, his recent works have a contemporary twist with an edge of “Pop”. His backgrounds are composed of a series of layers, collage, pencil drawings, stencils, acrylic paint, modeling paste and spray paint. These multiple layers give his work texture but most importantly compose a story that always leaves the spectator smiling.

    Artist's Objects:

    • Rock Therrien - "(Un)censored", 2018 "(Un)censored", 2018
    • Rock Therrien - "Have a Nice Day", 2018 "Have a Nice Day", 2018
    • Rock Therrien - "Oops!!", 2018 "Oops!!", 2018
    • Rock Therrien - "Pizza Turtles", 2018 "Pizza Turtles", 2018

  • James Verbicky  (+)

    Biography : Polish Canadian artist James Verbicky was born in 1973 and lived the majority of his early life in British Columbia before immigrating to the United States in the early 2000s. He struggled with legal status for many years before finally being awarded the ‘Extraordinary Ability’ Green card due to his extensive involvement with a wide range of museums, galleries, publications, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropic endeavors. In 2008, his work was selected for a 110 year-old juried exhibition at the Louvre with the Societé Nationale des Beaux-Arts.

    Detailed Description : Shortly after his exhibition in Paris and finding inspiration among the magazine vendors that range along the Seine, Verbicky created the media paintings: complex and sculptural mixed media artworks that became his vessels for communicating about a society oversaturated by media. By utilizing rare historical content, including both obsolete and persisting brands and advertisements, as well as vintage graphics, Verbicky has constructed a large oeuvre of densely layered and unique compositions that ensnare the viewer by engaging the natural human proclivity to find order in chaos, to sort and assign meaning as a way to navigate the world. In this process, he reminds the viewer that they are constantly being influenced. In 2014, Verbicky returned to paint on canvas with the ERA and Bhavanga series, which allowed him transcend the barriers of paper collage with bands of hand-painted canvas, enamel script, classical imagery and crystallina. At his core, Verbicky is a visual language manipulator, unsatisfied with deconstruction alone, he is driven forward by the process of reconstruction and the creation of a new, abstract visual language. In 2018, he expanded his vision further by venturing into the world of three-dimensional monumental sculptural works, which build out into the environment and create a sensory experience beyond sight alone. Verbicky collaborates frequently with philanthropic organizations, using his artwork to contribute to nonprofits like the Waterkeeper Alliance and the Art of Elysium. He has been the focus of international exhibitions ranging from Berlin to Bangkok, Beirut to New York City, Boston, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. His pieces have been auctioned by Sothebys & Christie’s, and are co

    Artist's Objects:

    • James Verbicky - "Citta Samtana Diptych 219", 2018 "Citta Samtana Diptych 219", 2018
    • James Verbicky - "Mindstream 25", 2018 "Mindstream 25", 2018

  • Willy Verginer  (+)

    Biography : Willy Verginer was raised in the Val Gardena region in Italy, surrounded by the summits, forests and Dolomite Mountains that which became an important influence in his work. As an adolescent, he began his fine arts education in painting and studied at the Institute of Secondary Art Education in Ortisei in Italy. However, his gravitation toward woodwork and sculpture would lead him to seek training in the latter discipline. While in school, he coupled his education by frequenting the studios of many sculptors in the valley of Val Gardena, renowned for its woodworking traditions since the eighteenth century. Although he successfully assimilated the artisanal and ancestral traditions of polychrome sculpture, and integrated the traditional vocabulary of the profession, his ambitions proved to be more vast, universal and contemporary.

    Detailed Description : The technical processes adopted by Willy Verginer offer insights into his approach, which is at once figurative and conceptual. His sculptures are composed of a massing of several blocks of wood, which are dried naturally over six years to avoid morphing. He conceives, from these large masses, the forms of his sculptures with the help of a chainsaw and a hatchet before refining his work with chisels and small tools to work the eyelids or the earlobes of his figures. Despite their hyperrealist modeling, the resulting figures are devoid of facial expression; with their fixed gaze and apparent detachment, they are party to the mysteries of representation, and establishing, especially in recent works, a compelling rapport with the absurd.

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  • Paul Villinski  (+)

    Biography : Born in Maine in the United States in 1960, Paul Villinski now lives and works in Long Island, New York. Educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, followed by the Massachusetts College of Art and the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, he then moved to New York City in the early 1980s. His work has been shown at numerous exhibitions throughout the United States, including at the University of Texas Blanton Museum in Austin, the Montgomery Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Design of New York, and Prospect New Orleans biennale, to name only a few. Paul Villinski's work can be found in several museum, corporate and private collections in the United States, including the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, the Caesar's Palace of Las Vegas, and several others. Paul Villinski also has many commissioned projects to his credit. His studio recently completed SkyCycles, a work with three gigantic flying bicycles, as part of the New York City Percent for Art Program. In 2017, Paul Villinski had a solo exhibition at the Taubman Museum of Art.

    Detailed Description : Growing up on a US military air base, Paul Villinski is captivated by the world of aviation. His childhood is lulled by stories of planes, model aircrafts and a fascination for the sky, which never completely left him. He then became a pilot and cannot step outside without contemplating the sky and daydreaming. His work is strongly anchored in this universe. In the 1990s, Paul Villinski aspired to address the topic of addiction in his works, and it was at this time that he began to recover cans of drinks in the street. Often crushed, flattened, damaged, broken or irreparable, he sees in these cans a metaphor for drug addiction and effects created by it. Using the motive of the butterfly, Paul Villinski conveys a message of hope and compassion in his work. As a commentary on the origin of beauty, his artwork reach the visitor through a visual experience that he cannot turn away from, almost under hypnosis. Fascinated by the intrinsic logic and visual rhythm of nature, he accidentally constructs his compositions, and attempts to remove all visible action from the human touch. Of an undeniable beauty, his installations are thoughtful, yet not calculated. His work discusses both materialism and consumerism in the choice of materials used, but also environmental concerns through the patterns depicted. In his most recent works, Paul Villinski advocates for the threatened or endangered butterfly species. In installations like Ghost (2014), where butterflies are painted in white, one can distinguish forms only by the shadows they carry on the wall. The artist leads us to see the possible (and probable) consequences of our actions on the nature’s systems and what inhabits it.

  • Zekoff  (+)

    Biography : Born in Pleven, Bulgaria, in 1964, Ognian Zekoff graduated from the National College of Fine Arts Ilya Petrovand from the prestigious National Academy of Fine Arts, both in Sofia. His work can be found in important private and public collections around the world, including the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Sofia, the National Museum of China in Beijing and also the Cité des Arts Foundation in Paris, to name only those. Over the years, his work has gained international recognition, and has been featured in more than 20 solo exhibitions throughout Europe, North America and Asia. He also participated in numerous international art fairs, including Toronto (2007, 2008, 2010, 2014), Moscow and Dubai. Immigrated to Canada in 2007, Ognian Zekoff now divides his time between Montreal, Paris and Sofia.

    Detailed Description : Ognian Zekoff focuses his practice on photorealistic representations of the female body by creating oversized oil paintings. His artistic production is engraved in the solid heritage of the European school of painting. He employs a subtle mastery of the techniques of charcoal drawing and oil on canvas: classical and noble techniques that are used in conjunction with the contemporary exploratory movements of the new media. The artist finds inspiration in the people around him, sometimes creating soft sketches of female nudes, or painting the hands of a dear friend. With his art, Ognian Zekoff exacerbates our sensibilities.